AnSome fresh events have been added this week for the delectation of the IPKat's conference- and seminar-going readers. Don't forget to check them out -- and have a lovely weekend!
|The recording industry has|
moved on since Cliff Richards'
youth, but dogs have remained
much the same ...
|One audacious plank in the TPP, the|
affirmation of monopoly rights in functional
toy shapes, was dropped after Lego said
its next theme park was to be a full-scale
working model of the Pacific Ocean made
out of its own bricks ...
What with the US round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement underway in Chicago, intellectual property and information policy experts from around the world have released their Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. This challenges the dominant direction of the negotiations on intellectual property in US trade agreements. The Declaration, created through a consultative process with over 180 experts from 35 countries in six continents, criticises an "unprecedented expansion of the concentrated legal authority exercised by intellectual property rights holders" through recent trade agreements, and calls for new efforts to "re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy", which is quite a grown-up thing to do and requires both more thought and self-restraint than the popular position, which is that you can just help yourself to what you want, especially it's available online. If you support the Declaration, there's a sign-on here. There's nowhere to sign if you don't disagree or are agnostic. The Kat thanks his friend Ronan Deazley for the nudge and Aurelia J. Schultz for posting this piece so speedily on the 1709 Blog.
|Sadly, the youth of today|
just don't dress up for law
conferences like they
used to ....
An IPKat team blogger will be in the chair,This conference is supported by the Art & Artifice weblog, which was launched this year and attracting a bright and faithful following.
And lots of contention will be in the air --
Copy this style? If only I dare!
It's worth an attempt if my usage is fair.
Be sued for infringement? You get quite a scare,
And what colour soles for the shoes that I wear?
Of all these key issues you'll soon be aware
If you come to the conference. So, see you there?
|Turning stone into gold|
was no problem -- except
when it came to repeating
the experiment in court